The apple juice has become a national interest subject since FDA condemned Dr. Oz of “irresponsible and misleading” information regarding the arsenic in the drink. While Dr. Oz said it’s not safe to drink apple juice because it may contain arsenic, FDA explains the difference between the inorganic arsenic, which is poisonous, and organic arsenic, which is very common and is found in the apple juice, among other foods.
First of all, the apple juice types that started all the stir are the ones you can buy from stores and not the ones you make at home, from squeezed apples.
The Food and Drug Administration accused the Dr. Oz show of failing to present the things in an objective manner when talking about apple juice drinking risks. Dr. Oz said that when buying apple juice, customers should pay attention to what it contains. “American apple juice is made from apple concentrate, 60 percent of which is imported from China”, he says in the report posted on the website of his TV Show. “Other countries may use pesticides that contain arsenic, a heavy metal known to cause cancer.”
Dr. Oz tested several brands of American apple juice and claimed he found 36 parts per billion of arsenic in them. FDA ran its own tests and discovered only 2 to 6 parts per billion, which is too low to even be taken into consideration, according to the scientists.
Henry Miller, former director of FDA’s Office of Biotechnology said that the claims the TV show is making something out of nothing. “This is the same sort of rubbish peddled by radical environmental activist organizations about pesticides”. The specialist said that in order to do the minimum danger possible to the body, the level of arsenic has to reach a certain point, that was not proven to be reached in the case of the apple juice. “Unless there is evidence that a substance is present at sufficient exposures and levels to cause harm, warnings about its presence in food is irresponsible alarmism.
Dr. Oz and his team on the show stand by what they initially believe. “The position of the show is that the total arsenic needs to be lower”, said Tim Sullivan, a spokesman for the TV show.